The Fill-In Boyfriend
By Kasie West
Summary: When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.
The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.
Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.
Source: I purchased a Kindle copy.
I absolutely love Kasie West novels, especially her contemporary books. She always delivers a story that immediately hooks me and gives me characters I just can’t get enough of. While her books are quite short and I fly through them within a day or so, I still feel like the character building is well done. I always care about her characters, even the side ones, and I am fully invested in the story. This book was just as good as her other contemporaries that I love so much.
In The Fill-In Boyfriend, Gia’s boyfriend broke up with her before walking into her prom with her. Her group of friends had another girl vying for alpha position and constantly grilled Gia about her boyfriend, making her feel like she made him up. So how could she face prom without him? When she spotted a cute boy sitting in a car in the same parking lot, she struck a deal and he became Bradley for the night. Good thing he was super good at acting.
I loved the set up. Gia was a kind of aloof and somewhat selfish person, worried about what everyone thought, which was exactly what got her in to the mess in the first place. But her spontaneous team up with Fill-In Bradley opened her eyes to a lot of things and made her take a second look at how she treated people. I love when books tackle the subject because it’s so relevant to a lot of teen girls, but even to people in general. I focus so much on how I feel about a situation that I often fail to realize that my nervousness looks like resting bitch face and maybe the vibe I’m throwing out is alienating people. Do I take the time to appreciate people around me or do something nice for people? We all need the reminder and Gia definitely did.
The interesting fake dating turned friendship between Gia and Fill-In Bradley was so much fun. I loved watching it unfold. He was cute in a quirky and charming sort of way and he made Gia so much more real as a result. His sister, though difficult at first, ended up being one of my favorite characters in the book! I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and their families and I was sad to finish the book so quickly, but it was exactly what I needed to get me out of this weird “I don’t feel like reading anything on my shelf” rut that I was in. Kasie West is my go-to for YA contemporary novels and I just can’t get enough.